Condemning the arrest of a journalist, the editor and the head of a news channel over ‘defamatory content’ on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Editors Guild on Sunday called it a “brazen misuse of law” and “an authoritarian misuse of laws.”
An FIR was filed against journalist Prashant Kanojia for allegedly uploading a video on Twitter in which a woman is heard claiming a relationship with the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
Ishita Singh, head of Nation Live, and Anuj Shukla, one of its editors were also arrested for broadcasting the content.
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“The FIR is based on the journalist tweeting the video of a woman claiming a ‘relationship’ with the CM. The FIR is based on the journalist tweeting the video of a woman claiming a “relationship” with the Chief Minister. The channel aired the video. “Whatever the accuracy of the woman’s claims, to register a case of criminal defamation against the journalists for sharing it on the social media and airing it on a television channel is a brazen misuse of law,” the Guild said in its statement.
“The police action is high-handed and arbitrary, and amounts to an authoritarian misuse of laws. The Guild sees it as an effort to intimidate the press and stifle freedom of expression,” it added.
Here is the complete statement:
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— Editors Guild of India (@IndEditorsGuild) June 9, 2019